Southbank International School-Westminster

Southbank International School is London’s leading International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for 2-18 year olds. Our campuses are in Hampstead, Kensington and Westminster in Central London. It was the first school in the UK to be authorised to offer all three IB programmes – the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes. The school has led the way in providing an internationally focussed world class education for 40 years.

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    Southbank International School-Westminster

    Southbank International School Westminster campus is located over three impressive sites in central London (Portland PlaceConway Street and Cleveland Street), all of which are just a five-minute walk from each other.

    Students follow the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (ages 11–16) across all three sites. Our Diploma Programme students (ages 16–19) attend classes at Conway Street and Cleveland Street.

    Category: Senior, Sixth Form

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Day

    Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational

    Roll: 185 Boys / / 179 Girls

    Age Range: 11-18 Years

    Founded: 1979

    Location Description

    Southbank International School Westminster campus includes three separate and impressive buildings near Regents Park.

    Pupils aged 11-16 years are based at 63-65 Portland Place, W1B 1QR, for the IB Middle Years Diploma Programme. Pupils aged 16-18 years are based at 17, Conway Street, W1T 6BN and 379-381 Euston Rd, Fitzrovia, London NW1 3AU for the IB Diploma Programme.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Ms Angela Liu

    63-65 Portland Place, London, London - W and NW, W1B 1QR

    Tel: 020 7243 3803



    Southbank is a school whose quality and identity rest on its commitment to the IB and the promotion of internationalism. With over seventy nationalities on our roll, we live and breathe the spirit of internationalism, as reflected in our three programmes of study and the many activities outside the classroom. Southbank uses London as our classroom. We take full advantage of the city’s cultural riches. This gives our students access to educational enrichment that is perhaps unparalleled anywhere else in the world.

    We take seriously the IB goals of educating the whole person and fostering a more compassionate and active citizenry. Southbank students engage in the local community undertaking a wide variety of charity work both in the UK and abroad. Every year we recognise a student or group of students whose activities have demonstrated a genuine sense of service to others. The school has a strong extracurricular programme that reflects its commitment to holistic education and the development of students’ potential in its widest sense. Music, sport, and drama – among other activities – contribute to a rich diet of opportunities.

    Middle Years Programme (11-16 years old).

    Based at our Westminster campus on Portland Place, W1B 1QR. The Middle Years Programme shares the PYP’s commitment to learning through inquiry and continues to develop attributes of the IB learner profile. The MYP emphasises intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. At Southbank, we foster the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement, essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.

    We are conveniently located near Regent’s Park with good transportation links nearby. Facilities at Westminster include five science labs, a computer lab, a hall/theatre, cafeteria, art and music rooms, and two libraries served by networked computers.

    Diploma Programme (16-18 years old).

    Based at 17 Conway Street site, W1T 6BN and our new Cleveland Street site, NW1 3AU. The Diploma Programme encourages students to ask challenging questions, develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture, and develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures. It prepares students for the next stage in their education and the qualification is widely-recognised by the world’s leading universities.

    Facilities at Conway Street include a science lab, library resource centre, art studio, social space/hall and language suite across four stories. Southbank also have two dedicated university counsellors (one specialising in North American universities and one specialising in the UK). Both counsellors are available for individual appointments and events are organised to inform parents about university planning.

    Facilities at Cleveland Street include 5 floors of classrooms, common study space and learning pods designed to the highest specifications.

    We pride ourselves on our academic and teaching excellence, as testified by the 2021 IB Diploma results with an outstanding 100% pass rate and an average diploma score of 37.6, above the global pass rate of 31. 34% of our students achieved 40 points or above which put them in the top 3% of students worldwide. 8 students scored a perfect score of 45, a feat achieved by only 0.6% of students worldwide and 35% students achieved a bilingual diploma. These outstanding results allowed the vast majority of students to gain admission to top universities in the UK, North America and other parts of the world with 100% of students obtaining a place at their first choice university.

    Entrance Requirements

    Admission to Southbank International School Westminster is based on previous school records and satisfactory references, as well as suitability of the candidate for the curriculum offered.


    2023/2024. Per term.

    Grades 6-10 (Middle Years Programme) (11-16 years old): £11,800

    Grades 11 and 12 (Diploma Programme) (16-18 years old): £12,380

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    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    We are very proud of our school and understand that not everyone will be able to visit before they join us.  Virtual tours of all our campuses are available. We encourage you to explore these to gain an initial insight into what to expect when you arrive.  View virtual tour .


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